The Population Council’s Frontiers in Reproductive Health (FRONTIERS) program and Policy Research Division, in collaboration with CARE India, conducted an operations research study in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh to examine the feasibility and impact of adding livelihood counseling and training, savings formation activities, and follow-up support to an ongoing reproductive health program for adolescents. The short-term objective of the study was to foster development of alternative socialization processes for adolescent girls that encourage positive sexual and reproductive health behaviors. The study also aimed to produce a replicable model for CARE and other agencies to use in adding livelihood activities to adolescent reproductive health programs. Results from the midline survey showed a positive impact of the intervention in terms of increased skill use, changing time use patterns, increased work aspirations, and more progressive gender role attitudes. Girls expressed satisfaction with the courses and trainers; many used their skills after completing the vocational courses; and they expressed a desire for the adolescent meetings to continue, seeing them as a time to relax and mingle with their peers.
Huntington, Dale, Mary Philip Sebastian, Barbara Mensch, Wesley H. Clark, Aditya Narain Singh, Sohini Roychowdhury, M.E. Khan, Nirmala Selvam, Bella C. Patel, Sandhya Barge, Y.P. Gupta, Lovleen Johri, Gita Biswas, and Manohar Shenoy. 2004. "Integrating adolescent livelihood activities within a reproductive health program for urban slum dwellers in India," FRONTIERS Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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